Since ESPN has webspace to fill, they put together a lengthy piece on their beat writers’ most worrisome topics for each team instead of simply summing the whole article up into two words: “Tom Brady”.
Since we have webspace to fill too, we’re offering our counterpoint and giving you the opportunity to comment as well.
Over at ESPN, NRG’s resident on-air talent in training Sarah Barshop brought her biggest fears for Houston’s future to the virtual printed page (and no, she didn’t say “Tom Brady” either).
The Texans have 10 days off between games after playing Thursday night, but even the extra days may not be enough for some of the players on the injury report to be back for Sunday's game in New England, especially the three players in the concussion protocol: tight ends Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson and wide receiver Bruce Ellington. If the three don't play, the Texans could have just one tight end and three receivers available against the Patriots.
Sarah Barshop, ESPN Staff Writer
While missing all three starting tight ends is certainly a point of concern, the fact that Houston has a rookie quarterback making his second career start behind the NFL offensive line equivalent of the “Bad News Bears” while going up against one of 2016’s best defenses seems to be a larger topic for concern.
We can also point out that Bill O’Brien’s vaunted offense has so far only managed to acquire 20 points while amassing a measly 469 yards (the Patriots are averaging 463 per game so far) and a minus three turnover differential. Oh, and that same offense is dead last in yards per play at the end of Week Two with a pedestrian 3.6 yards per play (which is exactly how many yards Brock Osweiler gains every time he falls down).
So while having a handful of pass-catchers on the injury report certainly isn’t helpful, it’s far from the biggest worry this team has right about now. As much as I love Bill O’Brien, at this rate his biggest worry may be the unemployment line if he doesn’t actually prove his reputation as an offensive genius is well deserved. He needs to get this team producing yards, touchdowns, and wins over teams that don’t hail from southern Ohio.
What’s your take? Which (of the many) worries do you think is the biggest for the Houston Texans? Hammer the comment button like Lamar Miller hitting the A-Gap and let us know.